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Speedy2662 01-07-2013 04:06 PM

Puppy growls when picked up
Hi! Recently Zack started growling when I pick him up, and after a second he is calming himself. I tried to give him a treat after he stops growling, but that doesn't show too much of effect. What can I do? PS. I am going to puppy training classes on Wednesday and there are behaviour specialists there, so I'll ask them too for help, but for now I would love some help from everyone here. Thanks ;)

GsdLoverr729 01-07-2013 04:32 PM

Why are you picking him up? O.o

Speedy2662 01-07-2013 04:34 PM

Sometimes I need to pick him up, there are situations that I need to pick him up :P

GsdLoverr729 01-07-2013 04:36 PM

Such as?
He is likely growling because he's having fun, and being picked up interrupts that fun.

Speedy2662 01-07-2013 04:38 PM

Do you never pick up your puppies? :o
Well, there are situations like when my mum washed the floor and I come from outside and he has dirty paws, to get him in the bathtub to wash his paws, etc. Most of the times he isn't really playing, as I usually pick him up for a few seconds.

GsdLoverr729 01-07-2013 04:47 PM

I stopped picking Koda up around twelve weeks, aside from when she got hurt or sick. I'm sure someone else can give you an answer better than mine, if you aren't interrupting what he's doing.
He may also be becoming more independent, which would make being picked up unpleasant.

Sunflowers 01-07-2013 05:21 PM

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The dog growling is a clear communication on his part that he doesn't like what you're doing. Stop picking him up. He will grow to be 50 pounds and is not a toy breed you can carry around with you.

gsdraven 01-07-2013 05:27 PM

If you have to pick him up, just hold him until he stops. His reward is simply being put down and only comes after he's calm. He shouldn't be put down when growling or trying to get away.

I am not typically of a fan of doing things just because I can but sometimes it is necessary to be able to handle a dog in ways they don't like. I do occasionally pick up Holly for no reason but it's because she had major issues being handled at all as a pup and fortunately, she's tiny.

huntergreen 01-07-2013 06:06 PM

i am not understanding why the puppy should not be picked up. can some one explain.

Kyleigh 01-07-2013 06:09 PM

Adam, there is no reason to pick up your puppy. NONE! If you need to bring him to another part of the house and he has dirty paws, this is the perfect time to teach him some patience, and that getting paws cleaned is fun. Have a towel at the door and have him stand and take each paw in your hand and clean it off with a towel.

Be sure to praise / reward him when you're done.

I started doing that with Kyleigh when she was really young, and now when she comes in, she just stops on the mat and waits.

Since he knows how to shake a paw - you're halfway there!!!

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